USM partners with Hanze Hogeschool: New business program starts here in August

POSTED: 06/29/12 1:05 PM

PHILIPSBURG – The University of St. Martin (USM) will be offering an International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) in conjunction with the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen (Netherlands) as of August 2012. The program is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding officials from the two schools signed in December 2011.
This is a four year, full-time undergraduate, international program with two study semesters. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, accredited by the Nederlands Vlaamse Acreditatie Organizatie (NVAO). USM hosts an information session for anyone who is interested on July 3. The information session will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the USM Lecture Hall (Room 202).
“Both universities worked diligently towards the result which is being now presented: The start of the IBMS program on St. Maarten. The first two years of the curriculum are offered at USM, year 3 and 4 are offered at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (HG), Groningen, the Netherlands. After having completed the first two years successfully at USM, students are eligible to enroll at the Hanze University in the third year. This will be a seamless transition since the curriculum offered at both universities is exactly the same,” USM Business Division Head Erwin Wolthuis says.
“Throughout their studies, students will work together in small groups to find answers to challenging yet practical, business-related problems. These small, preferably multi-cultural groups of four to six students prepare them for successful communication and co-operation in international business. Modern facilities such as up-to-date computer access and the availability of a well-equipped project room supports the students in their project work,” Project Leader of the USM- Hanze University Collaboration Irma Koornstra added.
The training will also provide participants with specific skills essential to successful future careers, such as giving and receiving feedback, working in groups, intercultural sensitivity, customer orientation and presentation skills. These are a unique part of the IBMS program.
There is still space available for students who are interested in joining this program. In order to be eligible for admission students need to be in the possession of a HAVO/CXC or VWO/IB diploma. The deadline date for applying to this program is July 6, 2012. To enroll in the program students will also need to bring their diplomas, transcripts (cijferlijst), passport and two passport pictures to USM.
People who are interested in more information on the International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) can contact the University of St. Martin Student Service Center at tel. 542-5171 Ext. 1000.

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